In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard, entitled 'Fighting Tigers'. Head of BBC TV comedy Michael Mills likes it, changing its title to 'Dad's Army' though, to Jimmy 's dismay, he refuses to let him act in it. He commissions Jimmy and David to write a whole series, despite TV controller Paul Fox's misgivings that the Second World War is too fresh in people's mind to be comedic. The pilot goes ahead with an ensemble cast keen to perform despite a low wage and some with problems of their own, notably star Arthur Lowe's tendency to forget his lines, and Jimmy is thrilled that wartime favourite Bud Flanagan is performing its theme song. In April 1968 the first show is recorded in front of an enthusiastic test audience. Fox is less generous in his opinion but the viewing figures ensure the show's future, running for nine series and becoming one of the best-loved of all British television sitcoms.
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had previous experience in stand-up comedy so thus became the shows warm up act. See more
Clive Dunn has fewer medal ribbons on his uniform than Lance Corporal Jones does in the real series. Also, one of them is the King George VI Coronation Medal, which Jones didn't have. See more
They do not like it up them!
Closing titles showed a "You have been watching" caption followed by each principal cast member marching on the spot holding an improvised "weapon", in the style of the credits sequence for Dad's Army
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References It Ain't Half Hot Mum